Aung San Suu Kyi jail term reduced after some pardons
In five of 19 charges brought against her by the military, former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been pardoned.
She will receive a six-year reduction in her 33-year jail sentence as part of a seasonal amnesty.
As well as Ms Suu Kyi, former president Win Myint was pardoned after two of his charges were dismissed.
It is the first time that Ms Suu Kyi and Mr Myint have been included in periodic amnesties.
It appears that the military junta is trying to revive stalled diplomacy efforts by making other concessions.
In the capital Nay Pyi Taw, Ms Suu Kyi was transferred from prison to house arrest last week.
In February 2021, the military detained the 78-year-old Nobel laureate following a coup that ousted her.
Civil war has erupted in the country since the coup, and thousands have been killed.
A disproportionate amount of violence has also been perpetrated by the military junta against those opposed to its rule.
China and Thailand have initiated dialogues with the junta, but both have been criticized for excluding Ms Suu Kyi’s party, which won a huge majority in 2020.
Due to the magnitude of the victory, the military claimed election fraud as a justification for the coup.
It is almost certain that Ms. Suu Kyi would have to be involved in any negotiations with the international community. Since her arrest after the coup, she has, however, been kept isolated. More than two years had passed since any news about her condition emerged.
Her convictions for other offences, including election fraud and corruption, are being appealed by Ms Suu Kyi.
Despite her denials, all the charges were brought against her in a closed-door, military-run trial. Several rights groups have condemned the court trials as shams.
Following its coup two years ago, the military junta postponed an election scheduled for August this year.